Elden Ring Greatsword Build: Weapons, Talisman, & Armor

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Elden Ring Greatsword Build

What is the Elden Ring Greatsword Build?

The purpose of the Elden Ring Greatsword Build is to roleplay as Guts from Berserk. The entire Elden Ring Greatsword Build is built around the weapon, which is the core. The secondary weapon is the parrying dagger, which is helpful in the hands of a skilled player who can use this to stun enemies and set up counterattacks.

Key Takeaways

  • The Greatsword Build in Elden Ring uses Greatsword as its main weapon, and the remaining build revolves around it.
  • Parrying Dagger, as a secondary weapon, complements this build, giving considerable damage.
  • The Exile Hood provides maximum physical damage negation. Blaid’s Armor and Gauntlets and Exile Greaves complete the look for this build.
  • Radagon’s Soreseal enhances Strength along with Vigor, Dexterity, and Endurance. Bull-Goat’s talisman helps wield the Greatsword. Claw Talisman makes things easier by providing a 15% damage increase on jumping attacks.
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Here is a comparison table for the Weapons and Armor included in the Best Greatsword Build in Elden Ring:

2Parrying DaggerWeapon5140.
3Exile HoodArmor0.
4Blais’s ArmorArmor0.
5Exile GreavesArmor0.

The armor is supplementary to the whole roleplay aspect of Guts. The hood is included for inclusion as guts usually don’t wear a helm. The armor and gauntlets are to mimic his gear. The same goes for the greaves, as they fit the aesthetic. The used talismans enhance the effectiveness of all physical attacks. It is critical to note that this is a strength build, first and foremost.

Weapons For Greatsword Build


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Greatsword | Courtesy: Fextralife

The core weapon of the Elden Ring Greatsword Build. The Greatsword is a massive hunk of metal that can dish out tons of damage. After all, it’s a slab of metal that you can use to bonk enemies to death. All jokes aside, this is an almost replica of Gut’s sword from the manga, all the way down to the trim in the center and the tang of the blade.

The default weapon skill on this is Stamp (Upward Cut), but I recommend replacing this with the Bloodhound’s Step Ashes of War. It provides far better utility and allows for insane movement manipulation and repositioning. It is also quite an anime that fits the build’s theme quite well.

You can find the Greatsword on a Hearse in Caelid, Dragonbarrow. Giant dogs will guard the Hearse.

Stat Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Arcane
Requirement 12 8
Scaling D D
Greatsword Stats Box

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Parrying Dagger

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Parrying Dagger 

It is an essential weapon for a skilled swordsman who wields next to nothing when it comes to secondary weapons. Its importance cannot be stressed enough when encountering an enemy with the same skill level as you.

By which I mean an invader from another world, i.e., PvP. It is used to punish the weapon-skill spammers and cheese tactic abusers. You can also use this for PvE to parry hits and stun enemies, opening them up to counterattacks and strong attacks that deal with considerable damage.

The Parrying Dagger can be bought from Patches after he sets up shop in Murkwater Cave. The Parrying Dagger can be infused with Ashes of War, but I recommend keeping the default weapon skill simply for parrying.

Stat Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Arcane
Requirement 5 14
Scaling E C
Parrying Dagger Stats Box

Armor For Greatsword Build

Exile Hood

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Exile Hood 

The Exile Hood is mainly here because a helm is required on your character if you want the maximum amount of physical damage negation. Still, in terms of roleplay, this can be quite a good hood, and it does fit the aesthetic I aim for with this Elden Ring Greatsword Build.

The only way to obtain this is to kill Exile Soldiers and hope they drop their armor set pieces.

Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 4 4.4 4.6 3.4 4.4 2.8 3.8 2.3 3.4
Exile Hood Stat Box

Blaid’s Armor & Gauntlets

These two armor pieces are the most important for the Greatsword Build because they mimic the attire worn by Guts, which then feeds into the roleplay aspect of the build. The hide cape alongside the worn and torn armor indicates a fighter who has seen battle before and come out alive. Blaid’s Armor also shows the ferocity of the wearer by using a beast’s hastily cut hide as a cape, implying the wearer cut the beat down.

To obtain Blaid’s Armor, you must do the following: follow Ranni’s questline. Give Ranni the Dark Moon Ring, and you will see Blaid talking to himself. After he is done with the dialogue, he will turn hostile. Defeating him will grant you the armor set of the warrior.

Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 13.7 14.6 14.6 12.9 15.3 11.4 12.6 10.2 11.9
Blaid’s Armor Stats Box

Exile Greaves

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Exile Greaves 

The Exile Greaves are a good pair as they match well with the Blaid’s Armor set pieces being used, along with the optional hood, which is from the same armor set. You can use any greaves you prefer, but I recommend these because they match the aesthetic of the whole battle-hardened warrior who has lived through many conflicts.

You can get this piece of the armor set by having it drop from Exile Soldiers after killing them.

Stat Weight Physical VS Slash VS Strike VS Pierce Magic Fire Light Holy
Value 5.1 7.1 7.4 5.4 7.1 4.5 6.2 3.8 5.4
Exile Greaves Stats Box

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Talismans For Greatsword Build

Radagon’s Soreseal

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Radagon’s Soreseal

Are you tired of grinding out runes? Do you want the power of a few levels in your hands now? Well, look no further than the Radagon Soreseal. This neat little talisman will help you get five extra levels in strength, but not only that, but it will also boost your Vigor, Endurance, and Dexterity. All that for the price of a bit of exploration is entirely worth it compared to the hassle it would take to level up each of these attributes by five levels.

After exploring the wooden walkways, the Radagon Soreseal is found on a corpse at Fort Faroth.

Bull-Goat’s Talisman

Bull-Goat’s Talisman 

Wielding a weapon as great as the Greatsword is no easy task. It would be even more difficult if each time you would get interrupted in the middle of a swing if the enemies were faster than you. No need to worry because the Bull-Goat’s Talisman is here to set you free.

Use it to gain 33% more poise for encounters with a monster, demon, or corrupt knight. While they are swinging their weapons, you will care not for their attempts to harm you. Instead, this will lead to them getting hit all the harder.

The Bull-Goat’s Talisman is found on a corpse in the back of Dragonbarrow Cave, around where the giant bear patrols the area.

Claw Talisman

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Claw Talisman | Courtesy: Fextralife

Elden Ring introduced a mechanic not before seen in the Soulsborne line-up of games: jumping on command like in a classic video game. With this new inclusion came new methods of attack and defense. There is an alternative to rolling by jumping over ground-shattering moves with a large area of effect hitboxes for defense-focused players.

However, there came jumping attacks that stagger enemies when hit multiple times for more attack-focused players. The point of this talisman is to boost the Elden Ring Greatsword Build to new heights with an enhanced 15% damage increase to jumping attacks.

The Claw Talisman is found on a corpse at Stormveil Castle, although getting to it is tricky and requires some horseback parkour.

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